Recently I told Rhinebeck, New York clients to rip out the carpet that went up the stairs and through the upstairs hallway. When selling your house neutrality is king!!
Sometimes when I do a staging consultation I have the unpleasant task of telling a client to remove window treatment that they paid a fortune for or rip out expensive woolen carpet that is too unusual. I cringe when I am challenged with this situation but the client is paying for the best advice and I feel obligated to give it. With window treatments it isn't too bad because I tell them to save them in case the buyer wants them. With carpeting it is a different story--once it's ripped out it's ripped out!
I keep in mind that it is all about creating universal appeal and anything that distracts or puts off the potential buyer should be removed. The client will hopefully see that the expense to take their home from "all about them" to "all about everyone" pays off!